Cold Moon Journal

Cold Moon Journal
Photo c. Alf B. Meier

Saturday, December 31, 2022

By A.J. Anwar

lowland complex

the main road

becomes a river

A.J. Anwar

By Jennifer Gurney

How can there be so

Many unanswered questions

In one human heart?

Jennifer Gurney

By Elena Malec

late fall orchard

fluffing up feathers

sparrows sustain the sky

Elena Malec

By Stephen Williams

sandy beach

being washed away

jealous storms

Stephen Williams

By Mirela Brăilean

at the spring

in my cupped palms

his thirsty lips

Mirela Brăilean

Thursday, December 29, 2022

By Katja Fox

secrets of the moor 

buried forever

the peat cutter’s sighs

Katja Fox

By Ellen Kom

a swirl of clouds

the shape of my day

in tears

Ellen Kom

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

By Vladislav Hristov


his wrinkles

on her face

Vladislav Hristov

By Angiola Inglese

first cold

let's go to breathe

the last rose

Angiola Inglese

By Adrian Bouter


not one raindrop

out of place

Adrian Bouter

By Rob McKinnon

breezy evening…

wind chimes fail to find

a pleasant tune

Rob McKinnon

By C.F. Tash

what the mind 

asks of the heart 

plum blossoms

C.F. Tash

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

By Maria Tosti

sunchoke flowers —

the sun i was looking for

behind gray clouds

Maria Tosti

By Priti Khullar

morning newspaper

the only thing dad

looks forward to, now

Priti Khullar

Sunday, December 25, 2022

By Nani Mariani

gripping cold

towards the end of the year

world peace

Nani Mariani

Saturday, December 24, 2022

By Madeleine Vinluan

remember to kiss the moon on Christmas

Madeleine Vinluan

By Keith Evetts

                                                                                                                                                Keith Evetts

Thursday, December 22, 2022

By C.X.Turner

hollow tree—

I try to figure out the depth

of solitude


Wednesday, December 21, 2022

By Christina Chin and Uchechukwu Onyedikam


the noon rain


across the sky

we hang our laundry

Christina Chin and Uchechukwu Onyedikam

By RJ Humbl

On washing lines

The spotted starlings form

Musical notes

RJ Humbl

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

By M. R. Pelletier

Rotting log—

   forest returns

   to forest

M. R. Pelletier

By Ron Scully

cranberry sauce


take sides of the table

Ron Scully




what we talk about

driving home

Ron Scully

By Ram Chandran

passing village school

the child in me

slips through train window

Ram Chandran

By Caroline Ridley-Duff

Sunlight through stained glass,

new patterns on

an ancient stone floor.

Caroline Ridley-Duff

By Robert Witmer


with a thousand eyes

raindrops on the lake

Robert Witmer




no one to answer

the ringing in the trees

Robert Witmer

Monday, December 19, 2022

By Maria Malferrari

Speaking every day with silence

Maria Malferrari

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Friday, December 16, 2022

By Joseph P. Wechselberger


the clink of a coin

as it drops in the jukebox

Joseph P. Wechselberger

By Chris Langer

nightly stroll

my shadow

a black cat

Chris Langer



sunny afternoon

painting the wall

with shadow puppets

Chris Langer



book fair

children wait in line

for new adventures

Chris Langer

By Ruth Holzer


from a dream of love

I'm grateful

for imagination

in place of memory

Ruth Holzer

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

By Maria Teresa Sisti

beaver moon

the hospice so cold

without noise

Maria Teresa Sisti

By Peter Jastermsky

forest jazz a polyrhythm of woodpeckers

Peter Jastermsky

By Chris Peys

alley cat

today my friend

meow, meow

Chris Peys



rainy day

(un)folded paper

still not a crane

Chris Peys

By Refika Dedić


scratches on the window


Refika Dedić

By Pat Geyer


from dusk

til dawn...

forecast of biting cold

under the light

of the full beaver moon 


Pat Geyer

By John Pappas

owl light

what I would

do differently

John Pappas

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Monday, December 12, 2022

By Chen-ou Liu

at twilight

my father in the window

of his care home room

he lives the present only

leaning on his wartime past

Chen-ou Liu

Saturday, December 10, 2022

By Mircea Moldovan


the yellow taste

of pumpkin soup

Mircea Moldovan

Thursday, December 8, 2022

By Mirela Brăilean

the old house

inhabited again


Mirela Brăilean

By David Josephsohn

rippling the pond,

a frog lands

on its reflection

David Josephsohn

By Govind Joshi

falling water

the rock garden


Govind Joshi

By Tuyet Van Do

by the roadside

checking their mailbox

a black bear

Tuyet Van Do

By John J. Dunphy

plenty of kisses

beneath the mistletoe

at our animal shelter

John J. Dunphy

By Katherine E Winnick

winter butterfly

the moon watches

over your flock

Katherine E Winnick

By Helen Ogden

my pockets filled

with broken sand dollars

daylight savings

Helen Ogden

By Louise Hopewell

crimson leaves

losing myself in the swirl

of his guitar

Louise Hopewell




winter sun

catching shadows

in her butterfly net

Louise Hopewell

By Mike Gallagher


on power lines


Mike Gallagher




winding river

a sluggish snake slithers

along the bank

Mike Gallagher

By Wanda Amos

fuel prices


cold moon winter

Wanda Amos

By Kerry J Heckman

as above,

so below


Kerry J Heckman


winter solstice approaching a bend in the river

Kerry J Heckman

By Mona Iordan

hidden moon

the spreading

wings of a bat

Mona Iordan

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

By Sreenath

time and again


ticking like a time bomb


Monday, December 5, 2022

By Eavonka Ettinger


mistress of the night

unfurls in white

Eavonka Ettinger



in their eyes

shooting stars

Eavonka Ettinger


a sharp caw

crow remind me

who is boss

Eavonka Ettinger

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Our Touchstone Award Nominations

The second set of Cold Moon Journal nominations for the 2022 Touchstone Awards have been submitted to The Haiku Foundation (for poems published July to December 2022).

Congratulations to these 12 talented poets:

Amrutha Prabhu

Andrew Markowski


Eavonka Ettinger

John J. Dunphy

Keith Evetts (2)

Mike Gallagher

Orrin PréJean

Saumya Bansal

Susan Burch

Tony Williams

Tuyet Van Do


Good luck to all!

Saturday, December 3, 2022

By Mark Gilbert


unlike yesterday

the right kind of snow

Mark Gilbert

By Jonathan English

night snow

Handel's Messiah cradles darkness

in light

Jonathan English

By Dan Iulian

snowy morn —

so cold between us

the silence

Dan Iulian

By Alvin B. Cruz

falling snow

a void impossible

to fill

Alvin B. Cruz



folded blanket

a sky

full of dreams

Alvin B. Cruz


mother's quilt

i follow the thread

of her story

Alvin B. Cruz

By Andrew Markowski

abandoned mall a mannequin wears layers of dust

Andrew Markowski


a child scribbles

on the wall

drawing attention

Andrew Markowski



quiet coffee shop— the barista drops a dollar into the tip jar

Andrew Markowski

Thursday, December 1, 2022

By Susan Burch

too many nights

dad visited my bed

and told me not to tell —

too many mornings

before I realized

mom already knew

Susan Burch

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

By Ram Chandran

outside my window

a cotton seed

searching for home

Ram Chandran

By Zdenka Mlinar

step by step

starry sky

boy's dream



Zdenka Mlinar

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Friday, November 25, 2022

By Lakshmi Iyer

waning moon

mother's moods

steady and stable

Lakshmi Iyer

Monday, November 21, 2022

By Yasir Farooq

puddle reflection

the silent trees


Yasir Farooq

By Maria Cristina Pulvirenti

South compass

Autumn equinox

in my footsteps

Maria Cristina Pulvirenti

Sunday, November 20, 2022

By Janet Ruth Heller

forest trail

with red and gold maple leaves—

patchwork quilt

Janet Ruth Heller

By Mike Gallagher

two seagulls

flapping into the calm

before the storm

Mike Gallagher



full moon

a long shadow

for company

Mike Gallagher

By Tuyet Van Do

spring rain

her midnight


Tuyet Van Do

Friday, November 18, 2022

By Owen Bullock

all this

ridiculous industry

tangle of wisteria

Owen Bullock

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

By Ray Spitzenberger

the morning sight

of her sweet face

fur and whiskers

Ray Spitzenberger

By Florin C. Ciobica

moving day

our dog marks the gate

for the last time

Florin C. Ciobica

By Stephen J. DeGuire

two cats stare—

opposing paws slap

the mirror

Stephen J. DeGuire



on treadmills—

man during the day

hamster at night

Stephen J. DeGuire


thought bubble

dot dot dot

loss for words

Stephen J. DeGuire

Monday, November 14, 2022

By Anna Cates

Neanderthal relics

an old god winking

in primordial stars

Anna Cates

By Angiola Inglese


the name of a rose ...

moonlit evening

Angiola Inglese

By David Eyre

full autumn

full moon 

empty glass

David Eyre

By Jonathan English

floating leaves

words pile and fade


Jonathan English

By Sreenath

on my first flight

nearer to God . . .

air turbulence



cobwebs, shadows, darkness

invading the brain



By Hassane Zemmouri

afternoon coffee

pupils on the way home

sing school songs


Hassane Zemmouri

By A.J. Anwar

saved movies


to the best scenes

A.J. Anwar

By Govind Joshi

night bus—

we move

with the moon

Govind Joshi


in okra blooms—


on a tour

Govind Joshi

By Lorelyn De la Cruz Arevalo


nephew and goldfish

in a staring game

Lorelyn De la Cruz Arevalo

By Daniela Rodi

an empty nest

in a bare tree...

autumn stillness

Daniela Rodi

Sunday, November 13, 2022

By Daniel Birnbaum

National Day

his yearning for a land

he does not know

Daniel Birnbaum

By Samo Kreutz

worker bee

nourished with pollen

the child in me

Samo Kreutz

By Françoise Maurice

 a gentle breeze

frolics with the leaves

ending summer

Françoise Maurice


already autumn

I breathe the fragrance

of dry grass

Françoise Maurice

By JL Huffman

frost-tipped maples

first scarlet burst

JL Huffman

By Patricia Hawkhead

allium buds

about to burst

sparrow wings

Patricia Hawkhead

By Douglas J. Lanzo

trimming insects

off our rose bush

morning sparrows

Douglas J. Lanzo

Thursday, November 10, 2022

By Chen-ou Liu

first day

after being laid off


and awake to the silence

of falling leaves

Chen-ou Liu

By Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo

rusty red

the colour of my heart

in a leaf

Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo

By Kamrun Nahar

         thirsty leaves...

cries for monsoon

         at a winter dusk

Kamrun Nahar

By David He

I glance back

at her window light

after I leave

cold wind

strikes my face

David He



a little boy

waves goodbye

to the whistling train...

Mum's tears

soak her mask

David He




dance through the air

before a lightpost

an old monk

whispers his prayer

David He

By Mircea Moldovan

death spits pumpkin seeds in the hospital yard

Mircea Moldovan